Man reportedly escapes law enforcement twice before south Tulsa arrest

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • Michael Payne reportedly escaped from deputies twice.
  • He was brought into custody after neighbors say they saw him walking around in a t-shirt, boxers and handcuffs.
  • He faces a number of charges.
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A man is in custody after he reportedly escaped Tulsa County deputies twice in a matter of hours.

Deputies say it started when they pulled over a driver near 57th and Quincy around 8 p.m. Saturday, saying he had an expired tag.

The suspect reportedly took off after telling deputies he didn’t have a driver’s license. They say he also gave them a fake name.

Deputies later talked to a friend of the suspect, who reportedly called the suspect and asked him to pick him up from the Tradewinds Hotel near Harvard and Skelly.

When the suspect arrived to the hotel, deputies forced him to the ground.

They say he complained of leg and rib pain, so they let him sit down to cool off. At that point, he reportedly took off with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Tulsa police used their helicopter and K9 unit to search for the suspect, but they say they couldn’t find him.

Around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, police received reports from residents near 51st and Lewis who said they saw the suspect walking around in an orange t-shirt, boxers and the handcuffs.


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When police arrived, they say they saw him jumping fences while wearing the handcuffs, and they set up a perimeter.

Police fired pepper balls at the suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Michael Payne, when they say he wouldn’t come out of some bushes.

They were able to take him into custody and transported him to an area hospital.

Deputies say Payne had four outstanding warrants. They are adding obstruction, eluding, resisting and larceny charges.


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